SENATORS 2, RANGERS 0: Jason Spezza scored a pair of goals and Craig Anderson turned aside 41 shots as visiting Ottawa pushed top-seeded New York to the brink of elimination with a victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
Mark Stone notched an assist in his NHL debut and defenseman Filip Kuba and Zenon Konopka also picked up helpers for the Senators, who own a 3-2 edge in the series. They will look to close out the series in Game 6 on Monday in Canada's capital city.
Spezza scored his first goal of the series to give Ottawa its first lead in five games at 9:18 of the first period. Stone threaded the needle on a pinpoint pass to Spezza in the right faceoff circle. Spezza quickly wired a shot past Henrik Lundqvist to quiet the crowd at Madison Square Garden.
Anderson stopped former Boston College star Chris Kreider's bid for his first NHL goal with a save on an odd-man rush in the first period. He preserved the shutout by stopping captain Ryan Callahan on a partial breakaway midway into the third period.
Spezza scored an empty-net goal with 56 seconds left.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Lundqvist finished with 28 saves. ... New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin was in attendance. ... Spezza's goal was just his second in his last 20 postseason games. ... New York rookie Carl Hagelin served the final contest of his three-game suspension. ... Stone was the Senators' sixth round selection of the 2010 draft.